Another day, another tour of both Old and New Delhi.
Delhi Sightseeing Tour
The Delhi Sightseeing Tour includes mostly memorials and monuments, a couple of places of worship, and a rickshaw experience at Chandni Chowk. The majority didn’t want to ride a rickshaw (majority, meaning except me), so that was crossed out of the itinerary.
Our driver showed how crazy the electrical wires are
in this street. He should visit Metro Manila. 😆
We had a glimpse of Chandni Chowk when we visited Jama Masjid. Chandni Chowk is one of the oldest and (still) busiest old markets in India. It is the best marketplace for jewelries, pearls, silver, books, attar (natural perfume oils), electronics, shawls, and spices to name some.
Jama Masjid of Delhi
Jama Masjid of Delhi, one of the largest mosques in India located at Chandni Chowk, was built by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan from 1644 to 1656 and is made of red sandstone and white marble. Shah Jahan also built the Taj Mahal, at Agra and the Red Fort, which is also in New Delhi.
Women in clothing that shows skin or figure must wear an unflattering HUGE robe dress worn like a straitjacket except, of course, it doesn’t have overlong sleeves before they may enter the mosque. I had to wear one too. I forgot if I had to pay for that, but we had to pay the ‘shoe counter.’ It takes some effort to get inside.
My brother and I didn’t stay there too long since this is what you only see inside. Still beautiful though.
Sri Digambar Jain Lal Mandir
Sri Digambar Jain Lal Mandir is a famous oldest Jain temple in Delhi known for its avian veterinary hospital. The temple is located opposite of Red Fort.
If you’re unfamiliar with Jainism, it is one of the ancient Indian religions. Its three main principles are non-violence, non-absolutism, and non-possessiveness. Jain comes from the Sanskirt word ‘jina’ that means ‘conqueror’–Conquers all inner passions and bodily senses such as desire, pride, and greed.
Gurudwara Sis Ganj Sahib
Gurdwara Sis Ganj Sahib is the martyrdom site of the ninth Sikh Guru who was beheaded for refusing to convert to Islam. The gurdwara (Sikh place of workship) was constructed in 1783.
Central Baptist Church
The Central Baptist Church is one of the oldest churches in Delhi located in Chandni Chowk.
Raj Ghat is the memorial for Mahatma Gandhi.
More tourists arrived. I was fortunate I was able to take pictures without photobombers. 😆
There are very many local tourists in Delhi. It was nice to see their interest as well as schools/students who have such educational field trips.
Entrance is free at Raj Ghat. It is open daily from 6:30AM to 6PM. Footwear isn’t allowed within the main premises of the M. Ghandi memorial. Associated memorials are listed here.
The India Gate is a war memorial to 82,000 Indian Army soldiers who died during the first World War. This was designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens, a leading designer of war memorials. It is one of the major tourist spots in Delhi.
The inscription reads:
TO THE DEAD OF THE INDIAN ARMIES WHO FELL AND ARE HONOURED IN FRANCE AND FLANDERS MESOPOTAMIA AND PERSIA EAST AFRICA GALLIPOLI AND ELSEWHERE IN THE NEAR AND THE FAR-EAST AND IN SACRED MEMORY ALSO OF THOSE WHOSE NAMES ARE HERE RECORDED AND WHO FELL IN INDIA OR THE NORTH-WEST FRONTIER AND DURING THE THIRD AFGHAN WAR
Beneath the arc is a reversed rifle and war helmet bound by four urns with jyoti (permanent light). It is India’s Tomb of the Unknown Soldier–a dedication to unidentified soldiers killed in any war–named Amar Jawan Jyoti.
Near the India Gate is the Canopy also built by Sir Lutyens, where a marble statue of Sargeant Jagger of King George V stood before it was relocated to Coronation Park with other British Raj-era statues.
Warning at the India Gate: Be wary of beggars in the area since they are most likely from the beggar mafia. The money these beggars collect are used to fund the mafias who also had forced them to work as such.
I haven’t even reached the lunch part and I already need to cut my post here. This got super lengthy when I tried to put the whole day’s events. 😆